The Versailles “Histoire de lire” fair continues online

Last Monday, November 16, Christophe Gomart opened the ball. The former head of military intelligence and special operations came to talk about his book of memories, Shadow soldier (Tallandier). Tuesday November 17th, it was Muriel Gilbert’s turn to talk about ” the delicious French language »That she likes to share, on the occasion of the publication of Will you take it back… a candy on the tongue? (Vuibert).

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On Wednesday 18, Charles de Gaulle was in the spotlight in this anniversary year, with two authors of recently published books on the General: Éric Roussel, for De Gaulle, French monument (L’Observatoire), and Aurélie Luneau, for The appeal of June 18 (Flammarion).

Each of them, interviewed by a host, was followed live by more than a thousand spectators (the videos are to be reviewed on the show website History to read and on his YouTube channel), while a few dozen of their respective books were sold, then autographed by the authors for the attention of each future reader, who can pick up their volume in one of their Versailles bookstore …

Support booksellers and readers’ taste for history

A la carte service (books can be ordered on the website’s website under the “I participate” tab), a palpable desire to continue to offer a loyal audience the best of publications in the field of history and historical novel, but a scent necessarily less festive than usual, for this festival which has brought together every year since 2008 between 150 and 200 authors and 25,000 visitors as the end of year celebrations approach.

However, the organizers want to be happy about the maintenance of this programming, even virtual, while waiting for a next edition. ” It is sad to give up what makes the beauty of a book fair: friendships, exchanges with readers, explains Étienne de Montety, president of the show. But we are happy to have kept these meetings online, and thus an activity for the partner booksellers of the association. ».

Ten interviews or meetings remain to come until November 28. Tomorrow, Saturday November 21: ” History between land and sea »With Patrick Poivre d’Arvor and Yann Queffélec, on the occasion of the publication of their works on the sea and Brittany (a meeting moderated by Stéphanie Janicot, including The cross is a partner); Sunday November 22, a big interview with Alain Juppé, Tuesday November 24, the history youtubeur awards ceremony, and, to note also, Wednesday November 25, a literary debate on the novel to the test of reality, with Gwenaële Robert and Camille Pascal, and an evening on women’s correspondence, Friday November 27, with Évelyne Lever and Cécile Berly.


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